Things to see & do

While you're at Allen Banks...

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What's on?

There's loads of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' tasks you can do here - all by yourself! To help make it a little easier why not use our '50 things' map that shows the best places to do them...


On Wednesday 29 October we're hosting a free activity day where you and your pals can join us for some fun! There'll be various activities on offer as well as some Hallowe'en themed ones.

Don't miss...

  • Wrapping up and enjoying a walk in the colourful countryside
  • Admiring the night sky at a new Dark Sky Discovery Site
  • Learning all about fungi and its habitat
  • Taking your pooch for an adventure
  • Snacking on a picnic at the seating area
  • Having a well-deserved rest in the new and improved summerhouse
  • Discovering wildlife in their own habitat
Autumn view across Staward Pele © Graeme Peacock

Autumn view across Staward Pele

Colourful walks

See this little pocket of fabulousness to the right? It could just put a pretty big smile on your face...

Join us this autumn by taking part in the Great British Walk and explore this beautiful woodland, witness the vibrant colours on the trees, clear your head and basically, feel very, very happy!

Join a Fungi Foray

The woodland here provides the perfect habitat for a wonderful array of fungi, and you can take part in one of our very popular Fungi Forays to learn all about it!

Try geocaching

Love your technology but want to do it outdoors? Now you can. Try geocaching here - it's perfect for a treasure hunt with its nooks and crannies and lots of hidden caches.

Cosy up for a picnic

Bring along your favourite snacks and drinks for a picnic at a secluded spot in the woodland. If you prefer hot drinks and snacks Housesteads Visitor Centre is just up the road.